Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle English, 1580s
Humorous in a playful, mischievous, or facetious manner.
Examples of Waggish in a sentence
"This book appeals to readers with a particularly waggish nature."
"While Joshua seems serious when you first meet him, he becomes quite waggish once he gets comfortable."
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This word finds its roots in the Middle English word “waggen,” either a verb referring to the act of moving something back and forth or a noun describing a person who uses mischievous humor. “Waggen” originated from the Old Norse words “vaga” (to sway) and “vagga” (cradle).
Did you Know?
Waggish describes someone or something that is humorous in a playful way, and the word's prefix is used for similar effect. “Wag” is a noun that directly means a class clown or joker, while “waggery” describes a situation of general merriment and mischievousness.